Joe's Castable Weighted Crab Snare
Each one of Joe's Weighted Castable Crab Snares is made by hand by Joe and his daughter, Grace, in their home in Pacifica. Each cage of the snare is approximately 5"L x 2"W x 1.25"H Each one of Joe’s Castable Crab Snares is legal and up to date with California Fish & Game regulations. Each crab snare is allowed a maximum of six loops to be attached around the trap. The blue loops are not made from nylon monofilament line, as with many of his imitators. Loops made from nylon monofilament absorb water and eventually soften to the degree that they no long spring open. Joe uses a proprietary material that retains its springiness (and therefore its effectiveness) so that his crab snare can be used all day.
Many people who use his Joe's Castable Crab Snare place a sinker into the cage for added weight which helps casting distance as well as helping to anchor the crab snare on the bottom instead of being pushed around by the current. Joe, however, prefers to add egg weights to the tether line so that more bait can be placed into the cage, so we also sell the weighted version of the Joe's Castable Crab Snare.
Joe's Castable Crab Snare allows you to catch crabs where you weren't able to before, places such as jetties, rock walls, the surf, and breakwaters. It is recommended that you use heavy tackle when slinging these snares; 10'-12' surf rods are ideal with 20lb to 40lb monofilament or even 50lb to 80lb braided line.This is because crabs don't swim and when they are lassoed by a crab snare, you have to drag them along the bottom and their claws digging into the mud or sand causes a tremendous amount of drag.
Joe's Crab Snare History
For decades, people fishing off the coasts, piers, and jetties of California have had the dubious pleasure of crabs tangling themselves on one's lines when one wasn't being attentive to their fishing outfits. Of course, this begs the question, "If this can happen accidentally, can this also happen on purpose?"
This was the question that came to mind for Joe of Pacifica, California. Up until then, crabs were caught either in crab rings, traps, accidentally tangled on a fishing line, or because the crab wouldn’t let go of the bait that you were using to catch something else. One day, inspiration hit Joe and he created the Joe's Castable Crab Snare. In fact, he holds the patent on the design, patent #60/756.188.